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Today I tried the sawzall and it works really good on 3/4" plywood . I found the saw has a variable speed trigger. Uses the same blades as the Milwaukee. The only problem I found was with the blade shoe. It has a pin that pulls out to shift the shoe from straight up and down to forward or back. the pin pushes in to lock and pulls out to release. Well the vibration of the blade causes it to push out ,thus letting the shoe to move to the back and forward positions. I might have to replace with a small bolt and wingnut to lock it in place. No biggy. I do like the quick change feature of the blade, I can easily remove the blade before I put the saw back into the bag. It has lots of power,cut right along in that plywood. Kind of like no cord to fight. Can't tell the difference from a corded one for cutting. I tried the circular saw on a piece of western maple Ruff 1 X 8 and it quit half way through the cut,weak battery. It was the same one I had on the sawzall , right out of the kit. So I put it on to charge and put the other battery that came with the tools and it walked right through the board and I cut the other end no problem. The blade that came with it was a Ridgid blade, gave a very nice smooth no tear out cut. it is a 7 1/2" X 5/8" arbor hole, which is standard, uses a 3/16" allen wrench to tighten arbor bolt, the allen wrench stores onboard saw. To operate the saw there is a Safety switch that has to be depress and then the trigger works. I can let go of the safety switch while the saw is running unlike some saws where you have to depress the safety switch and the trigger both all the time which is quite awkward. This is better but I still don't like this feature, and from my 45 years of using one for a living think that it is unnecessary. Herb
Thanks Fred, I love that 5 piece set of Ridgid Cordless tools. My cousin Paul was thinking about ordering the set and came pver the morning to see how they perform. We ran them through their paces on a piece of 4/4 dry maple, which was fairly hard. 1. Drilled a 1 1/2" hole through the board,no problem. cut like butter. 2. Drilled a 2 1/4" hole , cut real good,caught one time and about twisted off my wrist. Made it all the way til the pilot was through and stopped, my wrist wouldn't take another grab. 3. Crosscut with circular saw, couldn't even tell it was cutting so smooth. very smooth,no tear out cut. 4. Did a rip full depth blade, free hand, didn't phase it one bit, cut smooth no bogging down or stopping, cut straight as an arrow. I did not notice any sawdust in my face either. 5. Cross cut end with the Reciprocating saw , cut nice and square, cut better at slow speed with this particular blade, than at high speed. 6. Drove some some exterior screws with star driver bit. Went in like butter, no resistance at all, the driver would have walked them through the board if I wanted to. I am a happy camper with this set, it will do any thing I want to do, my cousin just called and said that they are now $100. more than what I paid for them.
The 5 tool pack arrived yesterday evening on my door step. I didn't even know it was there til I was locking up ,going to bed and found it. The box was all I wanted to carry into the kitchen table. So instead of going to bed I had to open it. My-O-My, I was impressed with those tools, they seem really well built, guess I am more familiar with HF, I slapped a battery into each of the 5 tools just to start each one and every one had a light, even the circular saw, that shines on the work, even the flashlight had a swivel head. Looks like the best $299 I ever spent, thanks to Fred Hargis for posting the sale. they all go into the tote bag too, I will have to get a caddy to pack them around for me. Really they will spend most of their time in the shop. They are loaded with features new to me,I am going to like the no tool quick change for the sawzall blade. Now the fun begins.................................... Herb
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